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Subjeck, Waldhauser capture league titles

By: Matt Long
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Ten Oak Ridge wrestlers will compete the Division II section championships at Oak Ridge on Friday and Saturday. The wrestlers will be attempting to advance to the Master Tournament, which will be held Feb. 26-27 in Stockton. The 10 qualifiers placed in the top-four of their weight classes during the Sierra Valley Conference championships held Saturday. Keaton Subjeck, wrestling at 132 pounds, and Vinny Waldhauser at 162, both won two matches to win their weight classes. Both Subjeck and Waldhauser beat opponents from Vista del Lago in the semi-finals and once in the finals, Subjeck defeated Union Mine’s Cody Mitchell 7-1, while Waldhauser handled Ponderosa’s Allen Emmons by technical fall, 23-7. “Vinny and Keaton both went 2-0 and dominated their weight classes,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. Oak Ridge had five other wrestlers take second, four of which lost to opponents from Ponderosa. Trey Reese (121) dropped an 11-6 decision to Tim Ditrich, while Greg Barrier (142) fell to Jesse Routsong, 8-3. Hugh Ellerman (147) lost 16-3 to Aaron DeMay, while Preston Dean (189) was pinned by Lyndell Scarr. Josh Dawson also took second at 137 pounds, as he dropped a 3-2 decision to Union Mine’s Sean Tow. “Josh is wrestling very well right now and just had a tough match,” Rhyan said. “He and Greg (Barrier), our two seniors, are wrestling tough right now.” Brandon Buriani placed third at 127 pounds to advance, as did Xavier Liongson (114) and Alex Diaz (154), who both finished in fourth place in their divisions. “The kids wrestled great,” Rhyan said. “We’re really looking forward to these next couple of weeks. The boys are working hard right now. We’re healthy and our conditioning is second to none. “We were hoping to get a couple more qualified, but I was very happy with our performance. I was very proud of our younger wrestlers. We had two first-year wrestlers (Sean Wolberg and Xavier Lopez) w ho both had a very good chance of being junior varsity league champs come up to me and ask me to wrestle varsity. I thought that showed a lot of character.”